[tlhIngan Hol] Klingon Word of the Day: QaD

Steven Boozer sboozer at uchicago.edu
Mon May 3 07:01:56 PDT 2021

Klingon Word of the Day for Saturday, May 01, 2021

Klingon word: QaD
Part of speech: verb
Definition: be safe (slang), be protected (slang)
Source: KGT

chalqachDaq bIQaDbe' je 
Even in a tower you are not safe.  (PB)

ghe'tor 'el qeylIS
   rIQbe' ghaH 'ej QaD 
And Kahless enters Gre'thor 
   Unharmed and safe.  (PB)

(KGT 161):  Literally meaning "be dry}, the word {QaD} may be applied to just about anything: a person, object, place, and so forth.  For example, {QaD puq} (The child is dry) means that the child is safe;  {vengHom QaD} (dry village) means that the village is protected.  This slang meaning may have developed in part because of the Klingon association of water with weakness (as opposed to the strength of blood or ale, for that matter) and in part because of the phonetic similarity of {QaD} to {Qan} (protect).  In the Krotmag dialect, source of many idiomatic expressions, {QaD} would be pronounced almost as if {Qan} ... 

Hub 	defend (v)
'av 	guard (v)
Qan 	protect (v)
Qom 	be hazardous, perilous, treacherous (slang) (v)

Hung 	security (n) [use for "safety"?
Qob 	danger (n)

Voragh, Ca'Non Master of the Klingons
    Please contribute relevant vocabulary from the last year or two. I’ve fallen 
    behind in updating my files and adding cross-references for related words.  

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